Indige­nous lead­ers seek sup­port for em­ploy­ment pro­gram

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Jor­dan PRESS

OT­TAWA — Indige­nous lead­ers are ask­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to over­haul an em­ploy­ment pro­gram to help a young and grow­ing pop­u­la­tion train for a first job and move up the cor­po­rate lad­der.

The key mes­sages from con­sul­ta­tions on a new Abo­rig­i­nal skills train­ing strat­egy pro­vided to Labour Min­is­ter Patty Ha­jdu ear­lier this year fo­cus on cre­at­ing sepa- rate strate­gies for First Na­tions, Metis and Inuit, rather than a pan-Indige­nous ap­proach.

Fed­eral of­fi­cials have told Ha­jdu that con­sul­ta­tions with Indige­nous and nonIndige­nous stake­hold­ers high­lighted the need for more money for groups de­liv­er­ing train­ing pro­grams and a fo­cus on the fast-grow­ing co­hort of Indige­nous youth.

The aim of the rec­om­men­da­tions is to shift the fo­cus of the em­ploy­ment ef­forts to build­ing em­ploy­ment skills.

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